Faculty Participants

Participating Faculty:

meena-alexanderMeena Alexander is a poet and Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. She has long had an interest in questions of embodiment and memory – her earlier work appeared in journals like The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology and Analecta Husserliana as well as the monograph Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism. Issues of gender and embodiment come to the forefront in Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley. More recently in two collections of essays The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience and Poetics of Dislocation she focused on questions of trauma, bodily memory and migration in transnational and multi- ethnic literatures. She also has a special interest in questions of feminism, violence and sexuality in contemporary South Asia. Her work as a poet heightens these thematic strands through the lens of affect: her memoir Fault Lines (picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year), her volume of poems Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Open Book Award) and her forthcoming book Birthplace with Buried Stones (Impossible Grace at Warscapes). She has received awards from the Guggenheim foundation, the Fulbright foundation and he Rockefeller foundation for a residency at Bellagio.

Website: http://www.meenaalexander.com

johnbrenkmanJohn Brenkman, Distinguished Professor at Baruch College, teaches American literature, the novel, and various special topics in modern literature. He also teaches in the PhD Programs in English and Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and directs the U.S.-Europe Seminar at Baruch College. A literary critic and political theorist, Professor Brenkman’s latest book is The Cultural Contradictions of Democracy: Political Thought since September 11 (Princeton University Press, 2007). Previous publications include Culture and Domination (Cornell) and Straight Male Modern: A Cultural Critique of Psychoanalysis (Routledge) and more than fifty essays and articles. Recent work on novel theory includes “Innovation: Notes on Nihilism and the Aesthetics of the Novel” (The Novel, Volume 2: Themes and Forms, ed. Franco Moretti [Princeton]), “On Voice” (Essentials of the Theory of Fiction, ed. Hoffman and Murphy [Duke]), and several essays for the journal L’Atelier du roman. Other recent essays include “Freud the Modernist” (The Mind of Modernism, ed. Mark S. Micale [Stanford]), “Queer Post-Politics” (Narrative), and “Extreme Criticism” (Critical Inquiry).

BurgerGlenn Burger is a scholar of late medieval literature and currently a Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Queens College and The Graduate Center.  His first book was an edition of a Hetoum’s A Lytell Cronycle (U Toronto Press, 1988), a history of the Mongols and their relations with the Christian crusader states in the Middle East. In 2000, with Steve Kruger he edited Queering the Middle Ages (U Minnesota Press).  His second book was Chaucer’s Queer Nation (U Minnesota Press, 2003), where he argued that, under the pressure of producing a poetic vision for a new vernacular English audience in the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer reimagines late medieval relations between the body and the community, such that the Tales construct their author and audience as subjects-in-process caught up in a conflicted moment of “becoming.” Burger is currently finishing a new book project titled Inventing Heterosexuality: The Affective Contract, Good Wives and Husbands in Late Medieval Conduct Literature.

chopraSamir Chopra is a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned a BA in Mathematical Statistics from Delhi University (1984), an MS in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1990) and a PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York (2000). He has worked on logics for belief revision and merging; his current research interests include pragmatism, Nietzsche, the philosophical foundations of artificial intelligence, philosophy of law, the legal theory of artificial agents, and the politics and ethics of technology. He is the author of four books: The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965 (with PVS Jagan Mohan), Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software (with Scott Dexter), A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents (with Laurence White), and Brave New Pitch: The Evolution of Modern Cricket. Samir is a blogger at The Pitch, ESPN-Cricinfo, and at http://samirchopra.com. He runs a
Tumblr at samirchopra.tumblr.com

Website: http://www.sci.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~schopra/

HumpherysAnne Humpherys is a professor emerita of English at Lehman College and the Graduate
Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Travels in the Poor Man’s Country: The Work of Henry Mayhew and co-editor of G.W.M. Reynolds: Fiction, Politics, and the Press as well as articles and chapters on Victorian fiction, poetry, popular literature, and the press.  She is currently working on the impact of the divorce laws on the nineteenth-century British literature and a second project on the penny libraries published by John Dicks and the construction of Englishness. Her interest is cognitive science and literature stems from a course in “Narrative Theory and Theoretical Practice” which she taught for many years at the Graduate Center CUNY.

JosephGerhard Joseph specializes in Victorian literature and more recently the intersection of literary fiction and contemporary science. With respect to the latter, he has taught Graduate Center courses in “Aestheticizing Science” and “Cognitive Theory: Neuroscience and the Neuro-aesthetic Imagination.” His publications include Tennyson and the Text: The Weaver’s Shuttle (1992) and numerous essays on authors as diverse as Chaucer, Dickens, and John Barth. In addition to being on the faculty of the English program at the Graduate Center and Lehman College, Professor Joseph also teaches in the Graduate Center Instructional Technology and Pedagogy certificate program

Victoria Pitts-TaylorVictoria Pitts-Taylor is Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, where she is also Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Doctoral Certificate Program. She is author of two books, In the Flesh: the Cultural Politics of Body Modification and Surgery Junkies: Wellness and Pathology in Cosmetic Culture. She is Editor of The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Body, and co-Editor of the interdisciplinary journal Women’s Studies Quarterly. She is currently the Chair of the Section on the Body and Embodiment of the American Sociological Association. She is a past recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Advancement of the Discipline Award. Her recent work address the social implications of neuroscience. Recent papers include “The Neurocultures Manifesto” and “The Plastic Brain: Neoliberalism and the Neuronal Self.”  Her book-in-progress is called The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and the Politics of Embodiment, to be published by Duke University Press.

Danielle Spencer, M.S., is an associate faculty member of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. At Columbia University Medical Center she is the instructor for Narrative Medicine Rounds for Child Psychiatry fellows at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital as well as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program & MedPrep program; she is also on the faculty for the Macy Seminar on Interprofessional Teamwork as well as the Narrative Medicine Intensive Workshops for clinicians. In addition, Spencer has also served as instructor at Mt. Sinai (Palliative Care / Geriatric Medicine fellows, Narrative Medicine rounds) and as a Teaching Associate in the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Master’s program. She received the 2012 Narrative Medicine Fellowship from the department. Spencer also worked as artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director for many years, serving as project manager, editor, collaborator and graphic designer for a wide array of projects. Prior to that she worked with photographer Nan Goldin and did graduate work in literary theory in Paris for several years. She has been published in WIRED magazine and Creative Nonfiction , and is at work on a book about identity and perceptual/cognitive differences as well as a research study about Moebius Syndrome. Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.

attachmentMaura Spiegel teaches literature and film at Columbia University and Barnard College, and at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons; she is associate director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She has lectured on Narrative Medicine in Venice, London, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Toronto and in cities around the U.S.   She co-authored The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living on (Anchor/Doubleday), The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman), which was a Book-of-the-Month Club-Quality Paperbacks selection; she has recently edited and introduced new editions of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes for the Barnes & Noble Classics Series.  With Rita Charon, MD, PhD, she co-edited the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press) for seven years.  She has written for The New York Times and Newsday, and has published articles and essays on many topics.  She is currently writing a book on the life of Sidney Lumet (St. Martin’s Press).

Patricia Ticineto CloughPatricia Ticineto-Clough is professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse  (1994)  and The End(s)  of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998).  She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social, (2007) and with Craig Willse, editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (2011). Clough’s work has drawn on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, affect, unconscious processes, timespace and political economy. Her current project, Ecstatic Corona: Philosophy and Family Violence, is an ethnographic and historically researched experimental writing project about where she grew up in Queens New York.

Jason TougawJason Tougaw is Associate Professor of English at Queens College and has taught courses at the Graduate Center, including “Mind, Body, Memoir” and “Consciousness and Literary Experiment.” He is the author of Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel (Routledge) and editor, with Nancy K. Miller, of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community (U. Illinois Press). He has published numerous articles on literature, writing, and the mind, including “Brain Memoir, Neuroscience, and the Self” (Literature and Medicine). His current projects include a book-length critical study of autobiographical works focusing on relationships between brain, mind, and self as well as a memoir entitled The One You Get: Portrait of a Family Organism, excerpts of which can be found on his blog californica: portrait of the artist as an organism.

NancyNancy Yousef specializes in literature and philosophy of the Enlightenment and Romanticism. Her research interests include intersections between ethics, psychoanalysis and literary representation. She is the author of Isolated Cases (Cornell University Press, 2004) and is currently writing a new book on representations of intimacy. Among her other publications are essays on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens.  She has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2002-2003) and the National Humanities Center (2006-2007). Her second book, Romantic Intimacy, will be coming out in fall 2013 with Stanford University Press.


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